Have you ever been struck with an episode of vertigo? Dizziness so severe that you felt like you had just gotten off of a topsy-turvy ride at the fair after competing in a chili-cheese dog eating contest. Washed down with warm beer. In the sweltering heat of the summer. Times ten.
No? Be grateful! If you can relate to that description, you will really appreciate how helpful this simple maneuver will be.
What Causes Vertigo?
According to the Mayo Clinic, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is usually triggered by specific changes in the position of your head. This might occur when you tip your head up or down, when you lie down, or when you turn over or sit up in bed.
It’s typically harmless – but boy can it mess up your day.
Vertigo is caused by a problem in the inner ear. Tiny calcium “stones” inside your inner ear canals help you keep your balance. Normally, when you move a certain way, such as when you stand up or turn your head, these stones move around. But things like infection or inflammation can stop the stones from moving as they should. This sends a false message to your brain and causes the vertigo.
Everyone experiences inflammation at one time or another and it’s a normal process the body goes through to protect us from infections and irritants and to promote healing when we are injured. The symptoms that we experience due to this inflammation, however, can be bothersome. Especially when it’s something as life-disrupting as vertigo.
The most effective natural therapy to decrease inflammation that I’ve seen anywhere is turmeric. Turmeric is a most powerful anti-inflammatory root. It can be purchased in its raw root form at health food stores and juiced (one of my favorite ways to get it), added to food (you can buy it in bulk from reputable suppliers like this one), or it’s available already in capsule form here to enable you to take it throughout the day with meals. To learn more about steps you can take to improve mild to chronic inflammation, check out “Inflammation Syndrome” by Jack Challem.
One of my Twisted family members has had issues with random bouts of vertigo. A couple of years ago, during a pretty severe episode, we desperately searched the internet to find a quick solution. Thankfully, we stumbled across this video, and gave it a try. We figured, what could it hurt?
And guess what? It worked!
I’m not saying that you will never experience vertigo again. What I am saying is that each time (usually completely out of the blue) when he starts to feel a little “off” or slightly dizzy, he performs this maneuver and it stops it in its tracks almost every time. At the very least it always improves it!
The video was provided by the University of Colorado Denver — Anschutz Medical Campus, in particular, Dr. Carol Foster. After having her own personal experience with vertigo, Dr. Foster came up with her own maneuver for a simple and quick fix that anyone can do at home. She calls it the half-somersault.
Watch the entire video to better understand what causes the problem, and then a step-by-step demonstration of how to perform the maneuver. Make sure to share this with those that you love. <3
References: Mayo Clinic, WebMD